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Old 12-01-2005, 09:58 AM   #1
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How is Mandriva for PCMCIA based WiFi???


I have a Dell C640 laptop and an Atheros 5200 series PCMCIA WiFi card (wireless G).

I had been using SuSE (first 9.1 Pro then 10.0 community) and now am attempting to use Fedora (I know now why some call it DeadRat). I'm coming up but for getting the wireless internet connectivity working on this thing (got closest with SuSE, but it has a problem with ethernet priority... )

I want both the Wireless G card and the ethernet to be able to work on this machine (and DVD playback too, but that's something I can handle by installing the "fair use" version of Xine).

How is Mandriva for setting up wireless PCMCIA cards??? Does the community distro include Kwifimanager, MadWiFi and ndiswrapper "out of the box"??? Or do I need to scramble to get it installed and configured???

Someone with some experience with this please let me know before I invest the time and energy to download yet another distro that won't work...

Thanks in advance...
 
Old 12-01-2005, 10:18 AM   #2
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I am running Mandriva 2006 Download edition (i.e. the free version), and I have had no problems getting it to run on my IBM T20 with a DLink Wireless PCMCIA adapter using the ndiswrapper. The only issue I have had (and I haven't taken time to explore my configuration), is that I have to manually modprobe ndiswrapper when I want the wireless card to work. Ths really hasn't been an issue yet, as I only use it 1 night a week for class (University of Phoenix). MadWifi is the only thing that isn't part of the distribution (that you listed), but that could be due to the realatively new development status. Ethernet works fine (I'm using an Intel Pro100 pcmcia card). Also, once you have Mandriva installed, head over to http://easyurpmi.zarb.org to add rpm repositories to your distribution. Then, for DVD playback, all you need to do is install libdvdcss ("urpmi libdvdcss").
 
Old 12-01-2005, 10:38 AM   #3
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Cool,..

Where is a good mirror to pick up the Mandriva 2006 ISOs???
 
Old 12-01-2005, 10:52 AM   #4
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http://gulus.usherbrooke.ca/pub/dist...al/iso/2006.0/
 
Old 12-01-2005, 10:56 AM   #5
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http://wwwnew.mandriva.com/en/downloads/mirrors/2006 has a list of mirrors, including one in your area (eastern PA). I use the Texas mirror (I used to use the University of Oregon, but they have been flaky lately).
 
Old 12-01-2005, 11:59 AM   #6
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Thanks...
 
Old 12-01-2005, 02:43 PM   #7
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I was just going to add that wlassistant is a pretty good wireless connection manager that you might want to give a shot at some point. The earlier versions of the program were actually better than the newest, but it's still a pretty good program. The one problem that I had with Mandriva was setting it up so that I could always connect to any network as a normal user. I always ended up having to be root to change some settings. I found this annoying though others probably don't mind that sort of thing. You won't have an issue unless you need to connect to both WEP secured AND unsecured networks (normal users can easily connect to networks, but as far as I can tell, they can't change settings in HOW to connect, so they can't change the WEP key or channel or anything like that). If you have problems with this, post back here, and I'll let you know how I dealt with it (you may find a better solution than I did, but if not, I at least found A solution).
 
Old 12-01-2005, 07:43 PM   #8
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Thanks for that tip of wlassistant. That's the exact application I was looking for to help me manage multiple Wireless profiles.

You never know what you'll find out when surfing these forums!
 
Old 12-01-2005, 08:38 PM   #9
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Thanks for that tip of wlassistant. That's the exact application I was looking for to help me manage multiple Wireless profiles.
And believe it or not the older versions were better than the newest one. The signal detection used to be a bit buggy, but you could always use something like kifi to keep track of the signal strength. The big thing was that the old versions allowed you to connect to any connection secured or unsecured with normal user priviledges. I've never been able to figure out how they did it, but the new versions are back to requiring root password to start up. Plus the wizard takes longer to navigate through when connecting than the old version (you used to just click on the network and hit connect... if it was WEP encrypted, it brought up a box... that was it, done in 10 seconds or so). Maybe I'm too demanding, but for a laptop I find it unacceptable to take longer than about 15 seconds or so to connect to the internet.
 
Old 12-01-2005, 09:06 PM   #10
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For me, the wizard only runs once. It remembers the values and when you connect to that access point again, it just connects, no need to enter anything. Sounds like there's an issue with your version... As for the root privledges thing, doesn't bother me. Just another layer of security.
 
Old 12-01-2005, 09:23 PM   #11
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For me, the wizard only runs once. It remembers the values and when you connect to that access point again, it just connects, no need to enter anything. Sounds like there's an issue with your version... As for the root privledges thing, doesn't bother me. Just another layer of security.
Yeah, I just had a slightly different environment. I'm finishing up at a fairly well wired university campus which has about 5-10 access points in every building that has available wireless (I probably use about 5-10 buildings though some of them either don't have many access points, don't have access at all, or there is too much interference from nearby experiments -- stupid electrical engineers). This is also in Seattle which is not only a "wired" city with wireless access points available on the street in a lot of places, but it also probably has one of the highest coffee shop per person ratios in the world, hahaha. I know that eventually I will have connected to most of them at least once... but I'll probably have gruaduated by then.
 
Old 12-01-2005, 10:08 PM   #12
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*laugh* ok I get it. My campus has multiple access points, but they all broadcast the same essid, so it's easy to roam.
 
  


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